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How can agroforestry practices and approaches support green infrastructure?

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How can agroforestry help landowners adapt to increased rain intensity?

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Finding Agroforestry in the 2014 Farm Bill

The latest issue of the Inside Agroforestry Newsletter features the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill). The 2014 Farm Bill provides numerous opportunities for landowners to get financial support for agroforestry through USDA programs.

National Agroforestry Center

The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) accelerates the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners. Together, we conduct research, develop technologies and tools, coordinate demonstrations and training, and provide useful information to natural resource professionals. Read more about the National Agroforestry Center…

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Local Food System Toolkit released by USDA, Colorado State

Posted May 11, 2016

Tomato clipart and text: Know your farmer. Know your food.

The USDA and Colorado State University have released a new resource, The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices. This toolkit, developed by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), helps communities reliably evaluate the economic impact of investing in local and regional food systems. These activities contribute to USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF2) initiative, which coordinates efforts across USDA to support local and regional food systems. These resources may be useful to those working on financial planning, marketing, and food system development for crops and products produced in agroforestry systems.

Non-timber Forest Product Calculator now available!

Posted March 2, 2016

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A new economic decision-support tool is now available for estimating the income potential from harvesting and selling non-timber forest products from an agroforestry planting. You can download this tool from the NAC website. This tool was developed in cooperation with the Virginia Tech, College of Natural Resources and Environment under a Conservation Innovation Grant from Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Virginia.

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About Agroforestry

Agroforestry intentionally combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems. Agroforestry takes advantage of the interactive benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock. Agroforestry practices include:

About the NAC

The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) had its origins in the 1990 Farm Bill. It began as a Forest Service Research and State & Private Forestry effort in 1992 and expanded into a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 1995. It is administered by the Forest Service's, Washington, DC, Office of Research and Development. NAC offices are located in Lincoln, Nebraska and Blacksburg, Virginia.

NAC accelerates the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners. Together, we conduct research, develop technologies and tools, coordinate demonstrations and training, and provide useful information to natural resource professionals.

About Working Trees

The right trees planted in the right places for the right reasons can add value to land-use systems. That's the Working Trees message that helps natural resource professionals, community leaders, and landowners identify with the concept of agroforestry. NAC uses the Working Trees theme to promote the development of sustainable agriculture and communities.

 

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